Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop mural unveiling scheduled Sunday

Huron High senior creates artwork for new library area

The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop will celebrate the creation of a student mural in the shop’s library area this Sunday, Sept. 19, with afternoon refreshments and an unveiling ceremony at the facility at 2280 S. Industrial, Ann Arbor.

The mural was designed and created by Huron High School senior Laura Knutilla as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project and as a way of giving back to the thrift shop for the nonprofit’s support to her over the years.

Meet the artist as well as thrift shop board members and staff, enjoy music and refreshments and do a little browsing at the shop, where proceeds support programs in The Ann Arbor Public Schools. Music will be played from noon to 4 p.m. by Huron High School students with the unveiling ceremony taking place at 2 p.m.

Knutilla, a Girl Scout since the second grade, explains why she did the project to complete a project for Girl Scouting’s highest award:

“The final step of the Gold Award is a project that asks girls to make a long-lasting effect on their community. When deciding what I would do for my project, I knew I wanted to help the PTO Thrift Shop,” she said in an essay about the project. “The PTO Thrift Shop has allowed countless students to raise money for trips, school groups, and teams. I have worked at the Thrift Shop since middle school and have seen firsthand the good work they do.”

She said after consulting with the managers and board, the mural project was decided upon for the new library area. “This worked perfectly with my love of art, reading, and need to give back to the community,” she added.

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